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On Spec FAQ: A guide to basic club fitting and building questions

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Each week on Instagram, I do a question and answer segment to allow golfers to reach out and ask questions about fitting, new equipment, specs, gear comparisons, and basically anything golf.

In doing these for close to a year now, I have been asked a lot of different questions, but there have also been many frequently occurring ones, which I have compiled, along with some other ones, from my most recent Q&A.

Where can you get extra OEM weights for drivers ie;  TaylorMade SIM, Callaway Mavrik, Titleist, etc? 

For those at home DIY tinkerers, most OEMs make extra weights available through a select number of accounts. If you happen to be close to one that has a focus on custom building with its own in-house shop, they might even have some in stock. But if you are looking for selection and can’t order direct from a manufacturer, Golfworks.com has a large selection of parts for both new and older OEM gear including weights and adapters.

Does grip size helping reduce single way misses?

The common belief used to be that a smaller grip made a club easier to turn over and “release” while a club with a bigger grip was hard to “turn over” because the size delayed the rotation of the hands. We now know this to be false.

The best way to choose a grip is to find what’s comfortable for you and go from there—don’t worry about the size, and instead focus on texture and what feels right to you. If you are curious to see how an in-depth test was conducted to prove this, check out Ping Golf Proving Ground: Effect of Grip on driver flight.

What is the best way to build a short set?

Oh, I love half sets!

They offer golfers the ability to be creative and can bring a lot more imagination into your game if you play the same golf course a lot. The best way to build one is to figure out which clubs are vital in your shot selection and go from there.

For a more in-depth description of how to figure out exactly what clubs should go into your half set, check out this piece I wrote earlier this year:  Building the perfect half set

Is it OK to use shims when building clubs?

Using shims is common practice when building clubs. Whether it be going from .355″ taper to .370″ parallel in irons, or .335″ to .350″ in woods, when done correctly it has no effect on performance. Check out the video below to understand how a shim is installed

What are the best brands for building combo sets?

2019 Mizuno MP-20 irons

When it comes to building your own combo set, every brand has great options, which at the end of the day is fantastic for the golf consumer. Ping, Mizuno, TaylorMade, Titleist, Srixon, PXG, Callaway, and even direct-to-consumer brands like New Level, Sub70, and Ben Hogan design their iron lines around building combo sets.

This was a trend that started around a decade ago, and to see the evolution of this design philosophy check out this piece from a few weeks ago: The most popular design trend in irons

Thoughts on one length clubs?

One length continues to be a highly debated topic, so I will be very blunt—I believe that one-length clubs can offer golfers greater consistency, especially those in a higher handicap range or who play infrequently. With that in mind, I still believe that based on the dynamics of delivery, variable-length clubs into the shorter irons and wedges will improve scoring.

To better understand my stance on the subject, check out this: One-length wedges are holding Bryson DeChambeau back

How does club weight and swing weight change my ball flight?

Swing and total weight can affect golfers differently, but the general rule is lighter with a higher balance point is easier to rotate and “turn over”—which is why XXIO does this in its Prime series to help golfers at slower speeds. Heavier and lower balance point clubs are more difficult to rotate and “stay open” more.

To see a blind test in action on this exact subject, just out the great video below from our friends at TXG.

 

 

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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4 Comments

  1. online games

    Sep 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm

    Everything is very open with a very clear explanation of the issues.
    It was truly informative. Your website is useful. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Fyi

    Sep 5, 2020 at 4:25 pm

    Just an FYI, txg testing on YouTube of the grip size does not support your conclusion in this article.

    https://youtu.be/TzNJUG7Y6V0

    • Realist

      Sep 5, 2020 at 8:35 pm

      Gosh you internet watchers are trolls fyi. Go get a lesson

      • Duh

        Sep 5, 2020 at 10:47 pm

        A lesson in how to leave snarky comments on the internet?

        What’s wrong with you? That video is a direct test of grip size, an entire section of THIS article. And their tested conclusion was opposite this writers. Sorry that bothers you.

        Maybe the internet just isn’t for you.

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Zozo Championship Tour Truck Report: Phil’s new driver and 2-wood, Tiger testing a new 3-wood

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Slower week than most at Sherwood but still a couple of nuggets—and who doesn’t love a Tiger/Phil equipment update?

Callaway

Phil Mickelson: After his (two drivers in the bag) win on the PGA Tour Champions, Lefty went full gearhead and continued to test not only the new Apex MB ’21 irons (6-PW) but also put a 47.5-inch Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero in the bag. The (low-lofted) 9-degree head, set now at 8 degrees (swing weight at D7) will be equipped with either a Project X HZURDUS Smoke Green 60 6.5 or a KBS TD 60G C5 TX.

In addition, Phil is bringing back the 2-wood having put a 43.5-inch, 12.5-degree “old school” X Hot 3 Deep. The idea with both is distance gain (non-shocker) for example on Tour there are a number of bunkers, forced carries at the 300+ clip and to be able to fly by those on command is a huge advantage. Dispersion will suffer a bit in this scenario, but that’s what the 2-wood is for. The new driver set up got Phil about 8 mph of additional ball speed and on avg a 310 carry. The 2 wood is to fill the larger gap created by the driver—this new fairway metal gives Phil about 280-285 carry.

Ping 

Tony Finau: Ping G425 LST (9 @7.5 Big-) with Diamana D+ 70TX tipped 1.5

Andrew Landry: Ping G425 LST (9 @8.75, flat) with Fujikura Ventus Blue 6X (46 Inches)

Joaquin Niemann: New Ping G425 7-wood (20.5 @20) in the bag with Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8X (20.5, 40.5 inches).

Titleist

Slow week, no major updates to report beyond Aaron Dill making 9,000 wedges for the players in early Augusta prep…

TaylorMade

Tiger Woods is testing a SIM Ti 3-wood with a Mitsubishi Chemical Diamana D+ 70 TX shaft. The 15-degree 3-wood is set at 14.25 and is on the upright setting. (42.5, D4, Golf Pride BCT 58R). Won’t know if it goes in play until tomorrow tee off…

 

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Tiger Woods WITB 2020 Zozo Championship (new 3-wood?)

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  • We spotted Woods with a TaylorMade SIM 3-wood in his bag, along with the TaylorMade M5 he’s had in play for more than two years. We’re told it will be a game-time decision as to which one he puts in play.

Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 60 TX

tiger woods witb

3-wood: TaylorMade M5 (15  @14.25 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Titanium (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 70 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 @18.25 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Irons: TaylorMade P7TW (3-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 TW/MT Grind (56-12, 60-11)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Newport 2
Grip: Lamkin Deep-Etched cord

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord 58R

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B XS

 

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GolfWRX Classifieds (10/21/20): Cameron cover, Ping Hoofer tour bag, SIM Rocket 3-wood

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member Tourseeking – Rare Cameron Maiden America cover

There are rare, and then there are really rare covers and this falls squarely in the really rare category. It’s priced according but would make a great addition to any collection.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Rare Cameron cover

Member slalomdude – Ping Hoofer Tour bag

Were used to seeing rare and hard to find, but it’s not often Ping releases something that captures attention like this. The bag is new with tags and is being offered at a great deal!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Hoofer Tour 

Member awtryau89 – TaylorMade SIM Rocket 3-wood

This is truly one of the fastest little “rocket ship” fairway woods on the market, and this is your chance to get your hands on one for a great deal with a Graphite Design BB.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Rocket 3 wood 

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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